Selecting Plants for Your Region

 

Listening to our customer's successes and using the recommendations of the leading 'Experiment Stations' we have noted some varieties that are good choices in your region. Use the USDA winter hardiness map to see which zone you are in. The varieties recommended on this page are a partial list for you to try. Look at the hardiness zones listed with each cultivar throughout the online catalog for more ideas! Check with your County Agricultural Extension Service for the additional recommendations for your area.

 


How To Search For a Variety

After locating a variety below for your backyard, use our SEARCH RAINTREE feature to locate your plant.

Please use the variety name as the keyword to search for a specific plant as in "Gravenstein" for the Gravenstein apple or "Shiro" for the Shiro plum.

Pacific Northwest
Northern California

East Coast Maritime Climate

Greater Great Lakes and Interior Northeast
Coldest Parts of the North and Upper Midwest
Midwest
Plants for the South and Middle South

 


East Coast Maritime Climate

USDA Zones 6 & 7: Raintree specializes in fruit varieties for maritime climates. The Raintree catalog has hundreds of varieties that will thrive in your climate. Those of you who live near the coast from southern Maine to the Maryland eastern shore have a maritime influence that usually prevents the coldest winter temperatures and enables you to grow most of the plants in the Raintree catalog. In the West, our maritime influence extends at least one hundred miles inland. In the east the extent of the maritime influence may go only a few miles inland, but alot of gardeners live in the coastal areas. The ocean influence still provides a longer frost free growing season but a summer with less heat units. Many of the Raintree fruit varieties are suited to your conditions. Select disease resistant cultivars when possible. In the Northeast, even along the coast the weather can get very cold so be sure to check the map to see which zone you are in.

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Greater Great Lakes and Interior Northeast 
USDA Zone 5 and adjoining zones: Most Raintree varieties will grow in your area. Many have proven to be of good quality when grown at one or more of the experiment stations in the region including New York Fruit Testing Service in Geneva, New York and Harrow Station, Ontario Canada. Michigan, Illinois and the other state Agricultural Extension Services have great lists of cultivars proven in each state. Following are a few good choices. Your local Extension service can recommend more.

APPLES: Pristine, Dayton, Akane, Shay, Enterprise, Liberty, Melrose, Jonagold, Gravenstein, William's Pride, Belmac, Wolf River and Honeycrisp.
PEARS: Blake's Pride, Atlantic Queen, Harrow Delight, Highland, Bosc, Seckel, White Doyenne, Hamese, Shinseiki, Chojuro and most others.
PLUMS: Seneca, Italian, Mount Royal,  Shiro, Mirabelles, Stanley, Bavay Gage, Rosy Gage, Methley, Superior 
PEACHES & NECTARINES: Harken Peach, White Lady Peach, Hardired Nectarine 
CHERRIES: Stella, Kristin, E. Francis, White Gold, Black Gold, Tehranivee, Vandelay,  Surefire, Kansas Sweet.
APRICOTS: Harglow, Tslor Tsiran, Puget Gold

 

GRAPES: Canadice, Interlaken, Einset, Price, Vanessa, Buffalo, Niagara, Cabernet Franc
BLUEBERRIES: Spartan, Bluecrop, Maine, Patriot.
RASPBERRIES: Caroline, Royalty, Anne and Jewel
STRAWBERRIES: Tristar, Shuksan, Early Glo, Jewel, Alpines, Musks
CURRANTS: Consort, Minaj Black and Jhonkheer Red


OTHER TREES: Quince, Medlar, Sorbus, Illinois Mulberry, Reliable Almond, American Persimmon, Paw Paw, Cornus Mas, Cornus Kousa, Fragrant Spring tree, Pussy Willow and many more.

OTHER VINES & BERRIES: Gooseberries, Elderberries, Arguta Kiwi, Sea Buckthorn, Blue Honeysuckle, Goumi, Aronia and many more.

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Coldest Parts of the North and Upper Midwest

USDA ZONES 3 & 4.
Note throughout the catalog those fruits that do well where winter temperatures drop to -30° F., and lower. These are just a few of many catalog items that will do well for you. Please consult your Agricultural Extension Service for more recommendations. 

APPLES: The hardiest varieties including
Zestar, Snowsweet, Red Flesh, Honey Crisp, Wolf River, Dolgo and Centennial.


BLUEBERRIES: Polaris, North Sky, Chippewa, Patriot, Maine wild blueberry
RASPBERRIES: Summit, and Jewel

OTHER FRUIT TREES: Mt. Royal, Comet of Kubansk and Kuban Delight Plums, American Persimmon, Illinois Everbearing Mulberry, Serviceberries, Ivan's Belle and Shipova.

OTHER BERRIES & VINES: Gooseberries, Currants, Elderberries, Aronia, Lingonberries, Rugosa Roses, Alpine Strawberries, All-Field Berries, Blue Honeysuckle, Sea Buckthorn, Nanking Cherry, Echinacea, Goumi, Arctic Beauty Kiwi, Magnolia Vine..

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Midwest

APPLES VARIETIES  PEAR VARIETIES OTHER TREE FRUIT
  • Arkansas Black. Wolf River, Liberty, Beni Shogun, Spitzenburg, Fameuse, Enterprise, Gravenstein,William’s Pride, Dayton
  • Pristine
  • Bartlett, Comice, Warren, Seckel, Ichiban, Shinseiki, Mishirasu,
  • Yongi
  • Mulberries
    • Illinois
    • Wellington
  • American Persimmons, Paw Paws, Serviceberries, Jujubes, Cornus Mas, Quinces, Nanking Cherry, Medlar, Quinces
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BERRY VARIETIES GRAPE VARIETIES
  • Blueberries
    • Bluecrop, Bluegold, Hannah's Choice
  • Blackberries
    • Chester
    • Triple Crown
  • Raspberries
    • Caroline, Jewel Black
    • Royalty Purple
  • Strawberries
    • Tristar, Jewel, Early Glo
    • Alpine
  • Currants
    • RedWhite
    • Crandall & Minaj Black
  • Gooseberries
    • Pixwell
    • Hinomaki Red and Yellow
    • Leepared
  • Elderberries, Aronia, Sea Buckthorn, Goumi,
  • High bush Cranberry
  • Grapes
    • Concord, Reliance, Canadice, Mars
    • Niagara, Buffalo,
  • Other Vines
    • Hardy Kiwi, Magnolia Vine
    • Akebia Vine
PLUM VARIETIES CHERRY VARIETIES NUT VARIETIES
  • Stanley Plum
  • Italian, Mt. Royal Plum
  • Montmorency, Surefire, Vandelay, Tehranivee Cherry
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    Filberts
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Chinese Chestnuts  Black Walnuts

Northern Pecan


Cedar Apple Rust (CAR) and Fireblight Resistance
Apple Variety Scab CAR Fireblight P Mildew
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Liberty
Pricilla
Pristine
William's Pride
Red Free
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  • Scab resistant apples not resistant to CAR: Goldrush, Prima
  • Scab resistant apples not resistant to Fireblight: Sir Prize

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Plants for the South

We carry many varieties that are proven to grow in the South.
We list many other plants that have low chill requirements and are tolerant of high summer temperatures.


Middle South

USDA Zones 6 and 7: If you live in most of the lower midwest, the upper south and mid Atlantic seaboard, you can grow a wide variety of fruit. You have enough chilling hours to grow fruit but don't have the severe winter cold that limits much of the country. If you don't live near either coast you usually get hot summers which helps to ripen fruit. Spring frosts and disease problems can limit what you can grow so consult your local county Extension Service. You can grow most of the plants listed in the catalog except consult the map for those that will freeze out in cold winters. Following are some recommendations from the book "Growing Fruits and Nuts In the South".

 

APPLES: Gravenstein, Jonagold, Liberty, Akane, Queen Cox and most apples.
EUROPEAN PEARS: Warren, Potomac, Blakes'   Pride,  Spaulding ,   Harrow Delight, Seckel, Comice.
ASIAN PEARS: Dan Bae, Shinseiki, Hamese and most others.
APRICOTS, PEACHES & NECTARINES: All.
PLUMS
: Methley, Beauty, Shiro, Fortune Santa Rosa.

STRAWBERRIES: Tri-Star, Musks.
RASPBERRIES: CarolineS and Anne

BLACKBERRIES: Boysen, Logan, Arapaho, Triple Crown, Kiowa.

GRAPES:
Venus, Vanessa, Interlaken.


OTHER TREES INCLUDE: Figs, Mayhaws, Jujubes, Paw Paws, Pie Cherries, Walnuts, Mulberries, Quinces, Izu Persimmon, Red Azarole, Fragrant Spring Tree, Tea plants and many others.
OTHER BUSHES & VINES INCLUDE: Kiwis, Jasmines,
Blueberries, Tea, Goumi, Pineapple Guavas,  and many others.


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